For the second year in a row, people around the world joined together to voice their support for science. Although the second March for Science wasn’t as well-attended as last year, according to CNN, over 200 demonstrations took place across the globe, from cities all over the US to Europe to India to Africa.
The first March for Science, which happened last April, was organized as the scientific community grew increasingly concerned over the White House’s anti-science stances — like imposing gag orders on government scientists, meeting with anti-vaxxers, and proposing deep budget cuts for scientific research. Over a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, things haven’t gotten better. Trump keeps denying climate change is real. Meanwhile, his administration is trying to roll back regulations to tackle global warming and reduce pollution, as well as expand oil and gas drilling on public lands and offshore areas.
The march is nonpartisan, according to its organizers; its goal is to advocate for science-based policy, increase diversity within the scientific community, and engage the public. But as it was last year, some signs were definitely partisan. Some featured Trump and a call to fire Scott Pruitt, the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, who’s denied that humans cause climate change and whose tenure has been marred by ethics scandals.